Climate Change, Civil Society and Social Movement in India

Climate Change, Civil Society and Social Movement in India

By PRADIP SWARNAKAR
in India in a Warming World: Integrating Climate Change and Development
Edited by Navroz K Dubash
Oxford University Press
2019

In India, climate change-related activities are primarily managed by the government, but civil society organizations are an integral part of policy formulation and implementation. This chapter aims to illustrate the operations of Indian civil society organizations that primarily focus on climate change. The chapter has four primary objectives. First, it elucidates what Indian civil society organizations have achieved from discursive possibilities and openings created by the global climate change debate. Second, it interprets the climate sustainability and justice frameworks to evaluate the work of Indian civil society organizations. Third, it expands the concept of climate justice framework into two directions based on its geographical scale of focus. Finally, it discusses the international collaboration of Indian CSOs either as members of international coalitions or as joint deliberations in international climate meetings.

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